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Old 11-10-2006, 05:15 PM   #1
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I need a new door knob: prefer a T-Handle!

The current knob on my 68 Safari has seen better days. It hardly ever latches even after I heave all my weight against it. I would rather have the T-Handle design and it be something that locks!

Inland has the original knob, but I am looking for the T-Handle that locks.

Anyone know where to find one?
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Old 11-10-2006, 07:14 PM   #2
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T-Handle?

Hi, Can you post a pic of the T-Handle? I just can't picture what it looks like. Thanks
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Old 11-10-2006, 07:25 PM   #3
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vintagetrailersupply has your choice of inner knob or T-handle.

http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...Code=VTS%2D268
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Went and took a look. It looks like the one with a knob on both ends is the only one that will work for a late 60's model. I will look for a picture of the handle I desire and perhaps someone will have seen something similar that works.
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Old 11-10-2006, 07:59 PM   #5
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Here is a picture. Something like this for the outside, but to fit my 68 Safari.
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Make your own.

It looks like you could use the inside of the old lock set and get the T-handles separatley and use this in place of the round handles. Maybe?
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Old 11-11-2006, 02:06 PM   #7
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Here is a picture. Something like this for the outside, but to fit my 68 Safari.
Airstream used a "T" handle lock for the entrance door in 1969 as well as all the compartment doors. They were made by Chessler. The big problem was all to many things got caught by the extended handle that more often than not hurt you or caused damage to the trailer.

The manufacturer of that lock went out of business.

Airstream then decided to use a "flat" lock such as the KT from 1970 to 1977. After 1977, Airstream has used several different locks, but all with a flat exterior surface.

The 1966 to 1969 locks, all had a handle on the inside. In time, as you closed the door from the inside, that handle would easily break. In fact probably 75 percent of that vintage lock was replaced because of the inside handle breaking.

Using a round knob on the inside, solved that problem.

At this point in time, a Bargman L-100 special is used as a direct replacement for the 1966 to 1969 models.

We developed a kit for the 1970 to 1972 models, which replaces the $600.00 KT lock, using the Bargman L-100 special plus some adapter plates. The cost is now less than $160.00. However, it does have a round knob on both the inside and outside, and still keeps your tariler in the Airstream family of parts.

We also developed a lock kit for the 1973 to 1977 trailers that also greatly reduced the costs, and is flat.

Locks for the 1978 to 1991 also became expensive or obsolete, therefore we developed a replacement kit for those years as well, which is flat.

Sometimes a small modification to the door cutout may be necessary when using these kits, but easily justified when you can save hundreds of dollars, or having a entrance door lock that works.

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